ISAG 2020–2021 Comparison Test Application Forms Now Available
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The ISAG Standing Committees will offer comparison tests for the period of 2020 to 2021 as listed below. **Please see the end of this page for details on ICAR accreditation, upcoming changes to those procedures, and how ICAR accreditation differs from ISAG comparison tests.
The deadline for all applications is July 15, 2020.
In order to participate in comparison tests, laboratories need to be paid Institutional members of ISAG and must maintain that membership for both years of the comparison test process (2020 AND 2021).
You will need to enter your Institutional member login and password in order to access the application forms. Individual ISAG members will not have access to the application forms.
For these tests, ISAG will organize the shipping of samples using FedEx as the courier. A standard charge of USD 85.00 (or EUR 80.00) will be invoiced for each test to cover the costs of processing and shipping samples. After the application deadline, you will receive a combined invoice for the total cost of all tests your laboratory has requested to participate in. Different tests for the same species will incur only one processing and shipping charge.
Payment of the processing and shipping costs must be received by ISAG before your participation in the test will be accepted or samples shipped.
The deadline to request a second shipment of samples will be January 5, 2021. Laboratories requesting additional samples will be assessed a USD 170.00 (or EUR 160.00) processing fee per set of additional samples. Shipment of these samples will be completed no later than January 29, 2021.
For technical problems related to the application forms, please contact the ISAG administrative office at ISAG@assochq.org.
For any technical questions on the tests, please contact the respective committee chair.
For other questions related to these tests, you may contact the chair of the respective committees or the ISAG secretary at ISAGsecretary@assochq.org.
Animal Forensic Genetics Committee
Committee chair: Guillermo Giovambattista
The 2020-2021 International Animal Forensic Genetics Comparison Test Application
Applied Genetics of Companion Animals Committee
Committee chair: Leslie Lyons
The 2020-2021 International Cat (Felis catus) STR and SNP DNA Typing Comparison Tests Application
The 2020-2021 International Dog (Canis lupus familiaris) STR and trial SNP DNA Typing Comparison Test Application
Applied Genetics in Sheep and Goats Committee
Committee chair: Meng-Hua Li
The 2020-2021 International Sheep (Ovis aries) STR DNA Typing Comparison Test Application
The 2020-2021 International Goat (Capra hircus) STR DNA Typing Comparison Test Application
Cattle Molecular Markers and Parentage Testing Committee
Committee chair: Jiansheng Qiu
The 2020-2021 International Bovine (Bos taurus) STR and SNP DNA Typing Comparison Tests Application
Equine Genetics and Thoroughbred Parentage Testing Standardization Committee
Committee chair: Marcela Martinez
The 2020-2021 International Horse (Equus caballus) STR and SNP DNA Typing Comparison Tests Application
The 2020-2021 International Donkey (Equus asinus) STR DNA Typing Comparison Test Application
Applied Genetics and Genomics In other Species of Economic Interest
Committee chair: Leanne van de Goor
The 2020-2021 International Llama/Alpaca (Lama glamo/Vicugna pacos) STR DNA Typing Comparison Test Application
The 2020-2021 International Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus) STR DNA Typing Comparison Test Application
The 2020-2021 International Pigeon (Columba Livia) STR DNA Typing Comparison Test Application
The 2020-2021 International Dromedary (Camelus dromedarius) STR DNA Typing Comparison Test Application
The primary difference between an ISAG comparison test and ICAR accreditation is that the ISAG comparison test is not a proficiency or accreditation test; rather, it measures the technical ability of participating labs and their ability to manage genotypes and solve parentage questions. The intent of the ISAG comparison tests is to help labs obtain comparable genotypes that can be shared between labs when solving parentage or identity cases. In contrast, ICAR accreditation focuses solely on the genotypes being correct, regardless of whether the lab itself has done the genotyping or has sent the sample to a commercial company for genotyping.
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